Honey is something the bees make, right? Its sweet and you use it to sweeten your tea and its readily available in supermarkets. What’s so unique about mad honey Nepal and why is it so much in demand?
Mad Honey Is Unique
Mad honey Nepal is made by bees; however, it is slightly unique. It contains an active neurotoxin called grayanotoxin which gives consumers a psychedelic experience on consumption. The toxin is originally native to Japan and is produced by the Rhododendron species of plants. Honey made from the nectar of this plan and containing pollen from the plan results in the honey having psychedelic properties. The honey is not commercially prepared. Moreover, most commercially prepared honey products are mixed from several sources and the psychedelic property is reduced. However, the Gurung tribe of Nepal collects the honey as a professional occupation and retails it commercially.
How is Mad Honey Nepal collected?
Rhododendron grows particularly well at high altitude and honeybees love the nectar produced by the prolifically flowering plant. As a result, honeybees flock to the flowering plant during spring and create their hives at high altitudes, filling them with the hallucinogenic honey. The Himalayan honeybee or the Apis dorsata laboriosa is perfectly acclimated to high altitudes and they love to build their hives at high altitudes. They do not have natural predators at these high altitudes and the hives grow to huge sizes due to the sheer amount of flowering plants available. The pollen collected by the bees is transferred to the honey resulting in a rich deep red honey. The Gurung tribe is rappeling down the cliffs during the peak summer season with their skimpy bamboo ladders armed only with 25-foot bamboo poles. The giant Himalayan bees are chased away with simple smokestacks and the hives are collected for honey. In some areas like Turkey, beekeepers place the hives near rhododendron groves so that the honey will naturally contain the psychedelic toxin.
Is Mad Honey Good for Everyone?
The Gurung tribe is used to consuming the honey, however, the honey can cause psychedelic effects. The commercially available brands are diluted to prevent adverse effects. According to users, the recommended dose of two teaspoons can cause a mild mellow high. Local users recommend the honey as a pain-relieving agent for joint pain. Researchers have recently found that honey could have beneficial effects on hypertension, diabetes and even cold sores.